just hours earlier, guatemalan police forced him aboard a u.s.-bound flight. >> going to america. miami. >> reporter: and in the dead of night, a stranger delivered this stack of cash. >> very nice. in fact, i thought that it has to be counterfeit. >> reporter: mcafee left behind his entire fortune, including his beachfront compound, after the november 10th murder of his neighbor, greg faull, in belize. police there say he isn't a suspect. police say they wanted to question him. but he disguised himself and fled. eventually turning up in guatemala december 3rd. there, just a day later, he was detained for entering illegally. suddenly, he fell ill. leading to this surreal scene with reporters chasing him in his ambulance, and right into the emergency room. he now says, it was all a ruse. what about your illness? >> what about my illness? >> reporter: was that part of the deception? >> of course. it kept me from going back to belize. >> reporter: now, back in the u.s. this morning, he's answering critics who say it was all a publicity stunt.